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Wm. STRVKER, Editor and Prop. I3!L'ED EVERY THURSDAY Entered for transmission Uy mall at second cliiss rates. TERMS: $1.00 Per Year in Advance Til o USD AY, JANUARY 25, 1900 The general advance in freight rates announced for January ist, is to take effect here January 25th. It will add 5 cents per bushel to the freight on wheat and 4 cents per bushel to the freight on corn shipped from Sumner county. This means a reduction of this amount on tl.e price of every bushel sold after this date, More Republican prosperity! "The American laborer must make up his mind henceforth not to be so much better off than the European laborer, Jlen must be content to work tor less wages. In this way the working man will be nearer thatstatioH in life to which it has pleased God to call him." The above appeared in the New York World a few years since. It is a plain, blunt, candid statement of what the ex ploiters of labor wish, and are doing their utmost to bring to pass. A few years more of imperialism, of trust do minion, of gold standard, of bank con trolled currency and of Republican rule will bring this to pass. All of the leading railroads east of Chicago have practically united for the purpose of cutting down expenses, Five hundred solicitors besides large numbers in other lines will be dis charged. S-ime of the fast trains will be taken off and in various ways expenses will be reduced. This is as it should be except the savings thus made will all go into the pockets of the few. If this scheme works, and it will, the western roads will be combined in the same way. Only one or two steps wilt then remain to government ownership. Then all the people will derive the benefits of reduced expenses. Ten thousand dollars apiece for Demo cratic votes and only $5,000 for Republi can votes was the price paid by Clark of Montana, for his election to the United States senate. He was opposed by all the Populists and Bryan Democrats, and if seated will obey Hanna's orders. Thirty thousand placed with a stakeholder to buy three votes, and other evidence absolutely conclusive, was submitted to the legislature before his election. This now all gees before the senate. In the face of evidence even more conclusive, Coal Oil Tayne was seated from Ohio. We shall soon see what the senate will do. "From the United States Investor, one of the leading financial orgaus of the country, we learn that during the past two years 565 trusts have been organized with a capital of $8,139,642,882. They are organized to control almost every known tiling, clothing, meat, milk, sar dines, cigars, chewing gum, snuff and electric boats, articles of necessity or of luxury, small and large, of almost every conceivable nature. The full effects of these organizations has not yet been felt because the larger part are not yet fully in operation. More than three-fourths of the above amount is water and upon tiis wa'ered stock those who consume or "Mie public must pay dividends. No such tribute was ever levied upon a people isince 'ime began. No such irresponsi ble tax gatherers ever robbed the people 50 mercilessly in Imperial Rome or Peudal Europe as do the railroads and others of these semi-public organiza tions called trusts. It is a function of government, which government will be compelled to assume, as the only remedy for this evil. The following was received a few days since. We heartily endorse the sug gestions made and trust they may be acted upon in every township in the state: "The time has come for the People's Party of this state to arouse itself to ac tion. We are about to enter upon the greatest campaign of this, or any cent ury. It will perhaps, be the final battle of'ballots of the people against the op pressor. For the last three years we nave been counting the noses of our party and its allies to find votes enough to defeat the common enemy. Some thing greater must be done this year. We must again commence the work of carrying our gospel to others and we must commence it now. "To this end your state committee calls upon you to at once begin the work of organizing all the allied forces in your tirecinct into an anti-trust club, to be a branch of the state league. Let this organization nave its first meeting on Kansas Day, the 30th of the present month, and let us make this dav a mem orable one in the history of our party as the dav which marks the rising of the people to claim their own. Lat the old time spirit awake, the old-time workers -put their shoulders to tne wheel and, refreshed by the young blood which has come up in later years, unite the brains and energv of all in a clean fight for the liberties of the people. "The motto of tne People's Party is, 'The People Shall Rule,' and with this on our banners let us work to not only fill the gaps in our ranks which time has made, but add a new legion to our army which snail mate oar victory sure. "Yours for the Cause. "Tayior Riddle, I. H. Ccrran, "Chairman. Secretary," The latest press dispatches bring in telligence of what is certain to happen as soon as the consolidation of all the great railroad interests of the country lire under one management, Morgan, Vanderbilt and Rockefeller, the same that control the associated banks, and will be given the control of the money of the country under the new banking bill. These are the men who in their mil rush for wealth, and insane desire t) control absolutely the destinies of 73 million of people are preparing the wiy for government ownership and con t "ol of all these great enterprises. They are demonstrating what should be clear t ) every one, that the whole of any one business of the country, such as the rail roads or the oil product, may be managed m)st successfully by cue organization. Thi step is natural and short and easy waen this is recognized to purchase by tire government at a fair valuation and the operating for the bene5t of the whole people of these public utilities. This is the tendency of modern thought. It is the only solution of the great and grow- iug evils of today. It will come when a president and congress are elected to serve the people and not the millionaires. Anarchy u Every wrong, every crime, every blun der, every loss and every larcency of which the McKiuley a.l i guilty, have their last aird turbid i r.irci in the trusts. Are the soldiers slain ot foul beef? It is the beef tmst. Are we robbed in the purchase of ships, or in their building and equipment? It it the Ship trust. Are we plundered through the medium of transportation? Look to the Ship and to the Railway trusts. Is it guns, or boats, or bread, or boats, or what you will of war furnish ings or war equipment that make the sjeeific method by which illicit money is bled from the nation's treasury? The rogues in each instance are the trusts. And the whole of the McKinlev admin istration, from Hrnna, who holds it in the vulgar hollow of his hand, to Alger (kicked out) and Gage (about to be), may be added to the trusts, as pals and co-criminals therewith. Take Griggs, the attorney-general! How often has he lefied law, refused action, slammed the door in the door in the face of justice since he took his oath? Within six weeks the Sherman law was sustained by the supreme court in the case of the Addyston Pipe and Steel Company. Within four weeks that combination to' throttle competition which exists be tween the General Electric company and the Westinghouse Electric company, and which fact, and line for line, is the ex act fellow to the Addyston Pipe and Steel company, decided 011 as outlaw, was presented to Griggs; and Griggs laughed at the application asking his in terference and refused it. Griggs did the same in favor of the Railroad trust, and against the shippers of Chicago. Griggs has done parallel deeds of black illicitism a score of times. And the Griggs attitude is by instance of the ad ministration. Griggs, attorney-general, head of our department of just:ce! That is a brave n?me, that last! Department of Jintice! Rather has it become the department of anarchy! The trusts possess it, as they possess the White House as they possess Gage and the treasury. The trusts own this adminis tration, and have turned its whole power against the people like some land slide of evil. Verdict. More Republican Prosperity. It is difficult to realizethe magnitude and the importance the far-reaching effects upon the whole population of an agricultural country like Sumner coun ty, and Kansas generally, of the in creased price of all trust products which means all manufactured products going as it does with lower prices for farm products. As will be seen by an exam ination the average rise will be nearer 50 than 25 per cent, as has been estimated. These figures were obtained from Wel lington merchants and can easily be verified. The lower price given is the one six or eight months ago and in most instances had been the price with little fluctuation, for a year or more. Nails in St. Louis, per 100 pounds, $1.25 to $1.40, now $.65. Barb wire, per 100 pounds, $1.25 to fi.40; now 4.05. Stoves advanced 30 per cent. Shelf h ird- ware, 42 2-5 per cent average and still going up. wagons fio rise, umi- vators, 30 per cent. rise. Paper, 33 j rise. Rubber boots and shoes, 20 per cent. rise. In clothing, Clay worsteds, 50 per.cent. rise. Cheaper, 20 per cent. Hats, 25 per cent. Shirts, 15 per cent. Everything not raised in price, cheap ened in quality. Tobacco, 50 per cent, Rolled oats, 33 per cent. Queensware. 20 per cent Glassware, 25 per cent, to 40 per cent rise. This list might be pro longed indefinitely. As if these were not enough, the railroads come in with a re-classification which raises rates on almost everything. To use the words of the Interstate Commission: "The in crease in rates is considerable in " all cases and very great in many cases, amounting in some instances to 100 per cent or more." On cattle, the rise is fS to $12 per car. On wheat, it is 5 cents per bushel, and on corn, 4 cents from Sumner county. One re sult is inevitable decreased purchasing power of the great mass of the people which will be met by the trusts with diminished product; bat no lowering of price. This means readjustment all along the line. A lower standard of living and eventually, if continued, a lower standard of American citizenship. J. A. Steele is up from Haven today on business. South Interstate Commerce Commission. We give below a few clippings from the last report of the Interstate Com merce Commission. Read them and see if you do not agree with the editor of t'lis paper that this body and the law a ithorizing it are absolutely useless, and further, that all legislation to control private-owned railroads will be abortive, When the immense amount of time and energy that has been expended by states and the nation to regulate the railroads is considered it can very truthfully be said that "the mountain has labored and brought forth a mouse." The extortions of the railroads are becoming so great and the futility of all efforts to control them so apparent that conditions will within a few years force government ownership. The report is full of such statements as those quoted and reads like an apology for the existence of the commission: Any railroad company can charge for its service whatever it pleases and as much as it pleases, without any real owtr in this commission, or any other rihninl or court, to limit the amount nf such charge. If the plans already foreshadowed are rouiu 10 effective results, and others f similar scope are carried to execution there will be a vast centralization of rail road properties, with all the power in volved iu such far-reaching combina ions vet uncontrolled bv anv rmblir authority which can be efficientlv ev erted. Among the noteworthy facts of gen ral interest is the remarkable increase during the year in the volume of rail road business. Almost all the changes shown in the new classification are from lower to higher classes. This increase is considerable in all cases and very great in many cases. amounting in some instances to 100 per (.cm. ui uiure. The number of emploves killed and injured by falling from trains durinir the year emiing June 30, 189.S, was 473 killed ana 3,559 injured. Evidently the leaders of the Republi can party intend committing it to a policy of conquest regardless of right or provisos or pledges to the contrarv. The follow ing is the Beveridge resolutions which will without doubt be adopted by both branches of congress: "That the Philippine Islands are terri tory belonging to the United States: that it is the intention of the United States to retain them as such, and to maintain such governmental control throughout uie arcnipeiairo as the situation raav demand." They have come out into the open on money question and declared for the banks as against the people. Only one thing will remain then to make the is sues clear cut and well defined, and that is for the Republican party to tell the truth and declare its true position in favor -of trusts. On every one of these propositions all the labor organizations the country and the interests of ninety-nine out of eve-y hundred peo ple will be against the party of the classes. The prestige of a great name and the power of money will be counted on to win a victory which will be the most complete that the few have ever won over the many. Liberty is not yet dead. Manhood is not for sale to any such an extent as Hanna and the money interests believe. Their scheme is too bold. It violates reason, morals and common sense. It overturns the tradi tions and beliefs of a century. It means perpetual slavery of the most galling kind if carried out. The intelligence of the country will not permit it. Death of Edwin Brass. Died, at Mayfield, Kan., Jan. 14, 1900, Edwin Mortimer Brass, born July 25- 1833, iu Mentor, Ohio. When a child of six years his father died leaving his mother with three children, he being the eldest. When twenty-one years old he moved to McIIenry county, 111. He was married to Coralinn Wilbur, Oct 30, 1S56. One child, Emma, was born to them. At the call of his country in i86t, he left all the joys of home to serve in that country's defense, an honored mem ber of the 8th Illinois cavalry. In 1876, he moved to Sumner county, settled on his farm and has since lived among us. In 1S67, he was converted, joined the M.E. church and has been always a loyal, faithful member. May the spirit of love that guided Lis life as a follower of Christ, a defender of his country, as husband, father and friend be with us always. Of him can we say: "He was a just man and upright," and has left us in his example a goodly heritage. W. T. B. High School Notes. Warren Lambe is out of school on account of sickness. The annual oratorical contest among the three literary societies will bo held next week. Term examinations begin tomorrow. Students who have grades of 90 per cent above are excused from examina tions. Several students have inquired about chemistry of late. Chemistry is a normal course senior study and there are 00 seniors in that course and so no chemistry class will be formed. Here's a bog story from the Conway Springs Star which will strain your powers of credulity, but it comes pretty straight and can hardly be doubted: J. T. Stanley killed a hog Thursday which, after being dressed, weighed 769 pounds. Mrs. R. J. Brown went to Medford O.T., last night to visit her daughter, Mrs. Dick Wilson, who la sick. FARM JOURNAL . FIVE YEARS PAY LP AND GET BOTH PAPERS AT PRICE OF ONE. We want to get 500 rew subscribers to our paper, and are going to do it if we can; we therefore continue our ar rangement with the Farm Journal by waicn we can send uie oiCE I year and the Farm Journal 5 years, bct'i fcr ( too. And we make the samj offer to all old subscribers who will pay all ar rearages and one year in advance. You know what our paper is, and the Farm Journal is a gem practical, pro gressivea clean, honest, useful paper full of gumption, full of sunshine, with an immense circulation among the best people everywhere. You ought to take it. Tliecpecial committee to investigate the case of Representative Roberts of Utah Monday arranged the program for the consideration of the cae in the House. ;It will be called up immediately after the reading of the journal. Mr. Taylor of Ohio, chair- man of the committee, will open the debate in favor tf the majority reso lution to exclude and will be followed oy Mr. Littlefield of Maine, who will preseut the argument in favor of seating and then expelling Mr. Rob erts. Mr. Roberts will then be given an opportunity to address the House. The vote will be taken at half nast 4 o'clock Thursday. At Ottawa on Friday, Deputy Sber- ifl Church saw a drummer who rep resents one of the Kansas City pack ing houses pressing his attention up on a couple of girls who were trying to escape him. Walking up to the 'masher the deputy sheriff said: 'I won't make a police court case of this for the sake of the girls, but I'll teach you to behave ir, the future, at least, in Ottawa." Whereupon lie smashed fie masher in the face a few times and delivered the same punishment to one of the masher's companions who sought to interfere. The body of John Ruskin, In acenrd ance with a wish expressed years ago, will be buried In Coniston church. The funeral will take place on Feb ruary3. Urantwood, Ruskin's hotr.e, was just across the lake Coniston water-a mile from Coniston. The town 's a little Tillage not far from the Scott ish border, near the west coast of England. Alm st due west of it fslhe IIe 0' Man. It is rumored am ing the local rail road men, says the Hutchinson 'ews, that four local freight crews no running ost ol Hutchinson, on the II. & S., wiM he nrivci to Great I5end the first of nex', nuntli. The n sson aligned fur this is tha'. tin pn-ent runs are too long. The crew? affected are those of trains Nns. Tf and 72, and 13 and 74. One run extonds from Hutchinson to Cfnporiaeisf.theot.hcr from Hutchinson to EMe Ci:y west. The Now York World is authority for tha statement tint Kitchener has been given the authority to Wang for treason. As all of ttie Dutch of the Orange Free State, i t Natal :irrl of Cape Colony are held to b In a sense subjects of Great Iitain, they be come traitors when caught fielping their Hoer brethren, and under Kitch ener s power can oe executed wiien taken prisoners. A dispatch from Black well, O.T , says: hxignerated reports or small pox here have caused Mayor Tate and the Black well health board to send out th's affidavit: We protest against the infamous quarantine of the Kan sas health board against Kay county and Blackwell when every town In southern Kansas has the same disease. Smallpox exists in Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, Mulvane, Caldwell and Rome. There are rumors of the disease existing in many other towns in the county, but it is not known whether the reports are true. "Chicago is talking of abolishing board sidewalks," facetiously remarks the Kansas City Journal. "It is a good idea. Emporia, Kas., abolished them twelve years ago, and has never regretted it." The pauper statistics -of Kansas show that 60 per cent of the paupers are American born, and 40 per cent f jreign. The report also shows that of 156 paupers, only two were intem perate. It is hoped that the Wellington judge will establish a preefdent by granting a divorce to the Caldwell woman who charges that her husband is a loafer.-K. C. Star. Arkansas City is fighting the state board of health order to quarantine ajatost .Oklahoma, and had refused U) tiil Saturday night to comply with the order. Report3 from Japan give details cf a storm which destroyed 35 towns and property valued at over 13 million yens. No less than 17,288 houses were washed away. Winfield is on the list of sucker towns worked by the St., Louis get-rlch-qulck concern. Four thousand dollars was secured from Winfield people. Boer bats will be worn by tbe jouof women In the spring. They will be worse than the military bats worn last fall. THE VOICE ONE YEAR In hqmner county should oo Jen Dress Goods, Silk and for the spring of 1900. 36 inch percale at 10c per want you to see it. Don't miss seeing the line ter counter. Most of them are bargains at higher prices The clearance sale prices still continue on Underwear and Woolen uiaiiM'is. SHOES price 2.00 will sell von at Ladies, Misses, and Children s Shoes, former prices SI "5 to' to $4.00 to close at 75c. We are anxious to sell all of our Winter Jackets and Capes as we will need the room for spring goods Will sell them at half price. A 10.00 garment for $5.00 Call and 114 N. Washington Avenue, WellingtoA,Kansas Hen's Fin Jan. 25th to Feb. 1st All men's fa.50 this sale at 2.80 All men's 3.00 this sale at 2.40 All men's 2.50 this sale at 2.00 All men's 2.00 this sale at 1.60 shoes go in per pair. shoes go in per pair. shoes go in per pair. shoes go in per pair. Here is a chance to buy good, reliable shoes atacheap price for aweek 12 pairs ladies fine button shoes sizes 2 J, 3, 3, at 75c per pair, former price $2.50 $3.00. see the new productions in Wash Goods we are showing 0 yard that is a Wain and we of 25c Dress fJ,h nn We have about 40 pairs of Ladies Kangaroo d.Vlf Slmia ill lmtfnn il 1.,w. t ftl.fiS. t;il see us. The SIXGER sewing machines are made and sold only by the Singer Manufactur ing Company. If you are in need of a Sewing Machine get the "SINGER." It will give you perfect satis faction. It is the lightest run ning and most durable machine on the market. Will furnish any style desired v Sold on Install ments. Also keep on hand Oil, Needles, B Its and all other repairs needed. S.A.lUVENS,Dist. Agent Buy Your Spectacles at Ed Hayes Drug and Jewelry Store. Ees Testc Free and a Perfect Fit Guaranteed t Friendship Hearts... Engraved free when pur chased at Ed Hayes' rug and Jewelry Store. You will find the largest and most complete line of WATCHES, CLOCKS, JTJWELBY, SIL VERWARE AXD SPECTACLES at Ed Hayes'JewelryStore at lowest popular prices.'